An example of a person receiving a massage at a spa. Photo from Pixabay.
An example of a person receiving a massage at a spa. Photo from Pixabay.

A masseur who allegedly touched clients inappropriately while working at a Rancho Mirage resort was released on bail Thursday following his arrest on suspicion of sexual battery.

Pedro Briceno Leija Jr., 23, of Desert Hot Springs, is accused of wrongly touching the clients while providing treatments at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa.

Sheriff’s investigators began looking into the allegations in late August, according to sheriff’s Sgt. David Wright. While investigating the initial report of inappropriate contact, Wright said another victim was discovered.

Leija was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. He was released on $50,000 bail Thursday, jail records show.

Leija has no prior Riverside County felony convictions, according to court records.

–City News Service

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